GP Picks 9-13-13
This edition of GP Picks is brought to you by Miley Cyrus. If you want to come across as emotional and vulnerable, lick sledgehammers and straddle wrecking balls naked. Also, I imagine her picks for a game to play would be Killer is Dead, Lollipop Chainsaw, Bayonetta, and Final Fantasy X-2.
Salutations and hallucinations, gamers and players and welcome to this week’s edition of GP Picks for September 13th, 2013. It’s Friday the 13th so make sure you don’t walk under any open ladders, cross paths with black cats, always toss some salt over your shoulder, and don’t break any mirrors. If you do any of these things, Jason Voorhees will be coming for you. Little known fact, Jason Voorhees actually just comes after those with bad luck on Friday the 13th. So while you’re waiting to be murdered with a machete, why not play a horror game involving pigs, a marionette stylized platformer, the return of a crossover classic or a good FPS on the Vita? Or you could hide in the corner or whatever. I’m going to assume you’re choosing the first one.
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is the sequel to the first game, The Dark Decent. However this game was made by a different developer, The Chinese Room. However, that doesn’t mean the game is any less terrifying. The game has you playing as wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus exploring London and a slaughterhouse factory. As the title itself implies, you have amnesia and you try to remind yourself of your past deeds. However, as you stumble in the dark, there are mysterious bipedal pig monsters stalking the factory and streets.
I don’t like horror games as I’m a big coward who gets too scared to play them but as far as horror games goes, this is one of the better ones. Even with a silly title like A Machine for Pigs, this game has been getting a solid reception and though there are noticeable changes from the first game, that shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying this game. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs can be picked up on the PC, Mac OS X, and Linux so no matter what computer you have, you can be terrified as well.
PlayStation Vita owners have been hungry for a quality first person shooter for a long time. However, previous attempts like Resistance: Burning Skies and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified have been disappointing, to say the least. I mean, Black Ops Declassified is like the worst thing ever. However, screw all that as Killzone: Mercenary has been released this week and it’s actually good! I’m sure having it developed by the original developer, or at least one of their studios, Guerrilla Cambridge, helped in that regard.
Now to be fair, the story is not very engaging as it takes various moments from the Killzone trilogy but the gameplay is just like the console versions of Killzone, with nothing being compromised in order to bring it to the Vita. Killzone also has a money system that makes it addicting to play. Everything you do will give you money. Shoot a dude in the head, money. Pick up ammo, money. Hack a computer, money. The mercenary mentality is in full force here. Killzone Mercenary is out now for Vita so go grab your first great FPS now!
Puppeteer is a game that isn’t really getting as much press as it should be. It’s a PlayStation 3 exclusive, coming from Sony’s Japan Studio, and it’s a platformer that at first glance looks like Little Big Planet due to its kiddy aesthetics and cardboard cutout like graphics. However, you would be wrong. First off, it’s actually a marionette theater premise with colorful characters both good and bad and an interesting gameplay mechanic.
You play as a little boy named Kutaro who has been turned into a puppet. Your head has been cut off so you need to find other heads to put in its place. Each head gives you different abilities. For example, you can put on a hamburger head and transform into a hamburger so you can bounce really high due to the fluffy buns. You also control your cat companion with the right analog stick that helps pick up new heads. Finally, the big thing is the magic scissors you use as your primary weapon, which allows you to cut through anything made of fabric. This looks like an amazing little game for the PlayStation 3 and it’s even being released for a reduced price. Go pick this game up!
Finally, as a retro pick, we have another new release of an old game. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is an HD remake of the first Kingdom Hearts and its immediate sequel, Re: Chain of Memories. There are also remastered cutscenes from Kingdom Hears 358/2 Days. This is another PlayStation 3 exclusive and also includes the extra content the Japanese release of Kingdom Hearts Remix got that the United States didn’t.
I’m not a fan of the Kingdom Hearts franchise but that started with the second game in the franchise. I loved the first Kingdom Hearts and is one of the few RPGs that I’ve completed. The characters, the levels, the combat, even the story is all well done and is one of the better games on the PS2. Now that’s on the PS3, everyone who is a fan of Action RPGs should pick this up, even if you’ve never played it before.
And there you have it. Another week, another collection of games to spend your money on. Each week, I’ll recommend games for you all to play. As always, these aren’t reviews so much as they are suggestions, as I won’t weigh pros and cons of the game. These choices will be new games released that week, but sometimes I will choose games with new downloadable content. I’ll also recommend older retro titles because sometimes you need to retreat to move forward! I’ll do this segment every Friday so feel free to let me know what titles you’d like to see on GP Picks by sending me a tweet @Colorwind with the hashtag #GPPicks. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to look up what twerking is. It sounds like a something you would do to get a Christmas Tree out of your house after the holidays.